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Hard Drive Sold on Ebay with Military Secrets

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: 06:30AM

More than 300 hard drives were purchased by a British company, BT's Security Research Centre, in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan in Wales, Edith Cowan University in Australia and Longwood University in the US. The drives, purchased for a study to see what data could be pulled off of the drives, were from America, Australia, France, Germany, and the UK. Test launch procedures of a U.S. military missile air defense system were pulled from one of the drives purchased off of Ebay. The study also found confidential material including network data and security logs from the German Embassy in Paris, as well as data from a major motor manufacturing company. All in all, 34% of the hard drives purchased contained "information of either personal data that could be identified to an individual or commercial data identifying a company or organization," according to a BT spokesman.

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DLS2008 on May 7, 2009 10:51AM
Well, those drives were not cleared in a Department of Defense approved method then. DoD requirements state that a drive that is no longer needed must either be physically destroyed, or have all data deleted and written over multiple times. Both of those methods mean there is no way of retrieving any data off of the disks. One other method is exposing the drive to an EXTREMELY strong magnet that wipes everything (It will wipe you credit cards if you're within 30 feet of it...)

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